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U.S. policy shift finally rewards Cuba-focused fund manager

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By David Randall (Reuters) - After twenty years, Thomas Herzfeld’s long bet on Cuba is paying off. The Miami Beach-based portfolio manager behind the $25.3 million Herzfeld Caribbean Basin fund, the only Cuba-focused fund in the United States, watched its shares soar more than 40 percent...(more) 



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Arctic continues to warm at rapid rate

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Arctic air temperatures continue to warm at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures.         



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Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks

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Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed Wednesday to hold long-delayed peace talks that were backed by Russia in the heat of its devastating currency crisis. Sunday's meeting in the Belarussian capital Minsk was announced hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel placed a late-night call to...(more) 



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US-Cuba rapprochement 'overdue': Canadian PM

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed as "overdue" moves to end the decades-old US-Cuba standoff Wednesday, proudly noting Ottawa's role in hosting negotiators from the two countries for the breakthrough talks. The United States and Cuba have not had diplomatic ties since 1961, and the first...(more) 



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Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake Sinjar

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Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State group. In neighbouring Syria, the bodies of 230 people from a tribe that rose up against the jihadists in...(more) 



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What possible White House hopefuls say about Cuba

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U.S. relations with Cuba will be heated topic through the 2016 elections.          




Texas killer who targeted prosecutors given death penalty

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A former Texas justice of the peace that killed the wife of the prosecutor that tried him for theft received the death penalty Wednesday.  




Death toll in clash in western Mexico rises to 11

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11. 




TV meteorologist shot outside Texas studio

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The manhunt is on for a gunman who shot a Texas meteorologist three times outside his television station’s studio.  



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Jeb Bush says Obama shift on Cuba undermines U.S. credibility

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By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday criticized the White House's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba, calling the shift a "dramatic overreach" of President Barack Obama's executive authority. "Cuba is a dictatorship with a disastrous human...(more) 



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Meningitis outbreak that killed 64 draws murder charges

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Two co-founders, 12 other former employees of a Mass. pharmacy face federal charges.          



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Belarus tightens control over online media

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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian parliament has approved a bill that would allow authorities to shut Internet media if they carry content deemed illegal. 



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